Legal Field

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Careers in the Legal Field

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Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.


G. Calvin Awkward III '06, '09L

Mr. Awkward is a 2006 graduate and majored in European History. During his time at Washington and Lee, he was a member of numerous organizations on campus to include Residential Life, Chi Psi fraternity, Nabors Service League, Gay-Straight Alliance, Multicultural Students Organization, Fancy Dress Committee, Traveller, and Peer Counselors. Mr. Awkward was also the chair of the Annual AIDS Awareness Fundraiser and 2004 W&L Voter Registration Drive. During the summers, Mr. Awkward interned in the Student Affairs Office at Washington and Lee.

In the fall of 2006, Mr. Awkward enrolled in Washington and Lee School of Law. During his three years in the law school, Mr. Awkward was involved in the Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Outlaw, and Law Revue. He was also selected for a position as an honor advocate, Kirgis fellow and student member of the American Inns of Court. Looking for practical experience, Mr. Awkward obtained an internship with the Honorable William D. Heatwole, Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit of Virginia and actively handled cases as a student attorney with the Community Legal Practice Clinic.

Upon graduation from law school in 2009, Mr. Awkward returned to Maryland to clerk for the Honorable John H. Tisdale ('74L), Frederick County Circuit Court. Mr. Awkward clerked for a second year with the Honorable Theresa M. Adams, Frederick County Circuit Court. Currently, Mr. Awkward is a practicing attorney at Budow and Noble, P.C. in Bethesda, Maryland. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including automobile liability, first-party insurance defense, insurance coverage, condominium and homeowners' association litigation, and construction.


Kasee Sparks Heisterhagen '06

Kasee graduated from Washington and Lee in 2006 after majoring in Religion and Politics. Kasee is a versatile attorney with experience in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and insurance litigation. Kasee works with clients on issues of maritime liens and vessel seizures and has in-depth experience in the fields of marine finance and marine related bankruptcies. Kasee also handles personal injury claims, including Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and works with clients on cargo matters, property damage, and regulatory and administrative issues.  Kasee serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.  Kasee handles bankruptcy litigation across the Federal Courts of Alabama and Mississippi and advises debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and fiduciaries in workouts, debt restructuring, financial transactions, and foreclosures.

Kasee practices in both state and federal court and is hands-on at each stage of litigation.  Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for The Honorable Margaret A. Mahoney, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Kasee received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as Lead Articles Editor for the Law & Psychology Review. In addition, she was the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Tax Law Moot Court Team. Kasee received her B.A., cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Mississippi.

Kasee is happy to offer advice on general legal practice and students seeking clerkships with federal judges.


Angie Littlejohn '09L

Angie Littlejohn is in her third year as Furman University's Legal Advisor. As one of the youngest in-house legal counsels in Division I, Angie remains active in teaching sports law and coaching the Furman University Mock Trial teams.

She has been a life-long participant in collegiate athletics. From her early teens she has worked with CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Raycom Sports as a statistician, spotter, stage manager, and Fox Box operator. She has also worked closely with Clemson University's Athletic Department learning sports information, television, and game operations.

Angie went on to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, where she continued her work in athletics coordinating insurance for all student-athletes. She earned her Juris Doctor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. While at W&L, Angie served as a special intern to the director of athletics learning about Division III Athletics.

During her summers and immediately following law school, she continued her sports law studies under her mentor and friend, Mr. Terry Don Phillips. Angie then joined the Fields Law Firm as an associate. From there she joined the staff at Presbyterian College, overseeing all academics for student-athletes, as well as serving as a special advisor for Presbyterian's successful transition to Division I Athletics.


Mary-Caitlin Ray '09, '12L

Ms. Ray is a 2009 graduate and majored in International Politics and Chinese.  During her time at Washington and Lee, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Kathekon, and Students for Choice.  During her junior year, she studied Chinese and Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  Over the summer, she interned in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC. 

In 2012, Ms. Ray graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law.  During law school, Ms. Ray was a Kirgis Fellow, an Honor Advocate, and the Publications Editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  As part of the Third Year Program, Ms. Ray served as a student law clerk to the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski, District Court Judge in the Western District of Virginia.  During the summers, Ms. Ray combined her language skills with her interest in international law as a summer associate with McDermott, Will & Emery's Shanghai office.  She also served as a research assistant to Professor Susan Franck, focusing on the structures and procedures of international tribunals. 

Currently, Ms. Ray is an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.  Her practice focuses on administrative law, adjudication, and litigation.


J.R. Smith '91

J.R. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 after majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies. He spent three years in Japan post-graduation and prior to law school.  As a lawyer, J.R. has lived and/or worked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including spending the past three years opening and managing a new office for his law firm in Tokyo.  His legal practice involves corporate finance, infrastructure development, restructuring and commercial litigation.


Samuel T. Wilmoth '09

Mr. Wilmoth is a 2009 graduate and was a European History major. While at W&L, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, served as a History Department peer tutor, and participated in what was then a nascent creative writing program. In the spring of 2008, he traveled to Italy with Professors Alex Brown and Rebecca Benefiel for a spring term course in Pompeii and Rome. Following graduation, Mr. Wilmoth stayed in Lexington and helped James Dick run the 2009 Appalachian Adventure pre-orientation program.

In 2013, Mr. Wilmoth graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review.

Currently, Mr. Wilmoth is associated with the law firm of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represents clients in the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, and investment in commercial real estate across all asset classes.


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